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April 14, 2014

Funding sought to upgrade dam on Chatfield Road

Corsicana — The Navarro County Soil Conservation Commission is seeking some funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to put into a dam out on Chatfield Road, according to a vote taken Monday at the Navarro County Commissioners meeting.

The dam, if it were to let go, would flood a house out on Chatfield Road, but only one, according to Bobby Wilson with the Soil Conservation Commission. The commission has a deal with the county to prevent people from building in high-risk areas below dams, and five potential houses have been stopped from construction by the process.

The county only has two high-risk dams, out of 99 in the county. The other one, on Dobbins Road is built with high-risk precautions and is inspected two times a year because it's such a crucial dam.

The one off Chatfield Road is not built to high-risk specifications, but Wilson is encouraging the county to beef it up, before the county is required to do so.

“High hazard dams need to be brought up to high-hazard specifications,” Wilson told the commissioners.

He's estimating the engineering and work will cost about $1.5 million, but that's merely an educated guess. The USDA will pay about 65 percent of the cost, and he believes the county can get the rest from either the state or federal governments, but they need to do a study first to have more specific numbers.

The commissioners voted to approve asking the USDA for the money, part of which will go into the study.

The county shouldn't have to pay for any part of the work, Wilson said.

Commissioners Meeting Briefs

Auditor honored with award

  Commissioners Recognized the Excellence in Financial Reporting Award for the auditor's office Monday when the group met in regular session. The award for the annual combined financial report, prepared by Auditor Kathy Hollomon and staff, came from the Government Finance Officers Association. This is the 20th year the county auditor's office has been recognized for its excellence in finance reporting.

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